Tidewater Inc. will build new vessels
for a total of about $300 million. The company plans to fund the program using its current cash balances, which exceed $150 million, its projected cash flow and its existing $200 million line of credit. Currently, Tidewater is debt-free.
The new vessels will include large Anchor Handling Towing Supply vessels and large Platform Supply vessels, company officials said. The company expects delivery of the new vessels to begin in two years.